Rhythm, Color and Lore
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Clover Barrett, Director and Curator
Opening Reception -
Brooklyn, NY, September 24, 2010 - This exhibition showcases six artists whose works, though differing in styles, equally inspire viewers with their mesmerizing use of vivid colors, fluid movements and mythical lore in their composition. Clover’s Fine Art Gallery, a premiere art space located on historic Atlantic Avenue, is devoted to promoting, developing and hosting exhibitions of art work by emerging and mid-career artists from diverse backgrounds. “The gallery focuses on thematic exhibitions where cultural influences are explored and gives a glimpse into the different ways of viewing the world,” says Clover Barrett, gallery director.
Clover’s is proud to present Scherezade Garcia, Bernard Stanley Hoyes, Carolanna Parlato, Danny Simmons, Soonae Tark and Arlington Weithers, six established artists whose life and work embody the vision and mission of Clover Barrett. The artists are multi-cultural and bring their life story to the canvas.
History and geography, no doubt, have a profound influence on the artist’s works. Says Bernard Stanley Hoyes of Jamaica, “I have been a creator of art, symbols of ancestral echoes since a child in Jamaica. The images I convey symbolize a culmination of these ancestral echoes brought to classical form. They are contemporary, eternal in spirit and stand as praise to our existence - past, present and future.”
Scherezade Garcia of the Dominican Republic states, “It interests me to create allegories of history, power, love and politics. My fascination with the duality of everything is an essential part of my discourse - in many cases the duality of salvation, questioning of paradise and the expectations of eternity. Historical and geographical references [are] sources for inspiration.”
Soonae Tark was born and raised in South Korea. When she arrived in New York City, her intent was to develop a new body of work rather than continue her previous work. She wanted to free herself and just feel the environment, energy, complexity and racial diversity of New York City.
One of three women in the show, Carolanna Parlato says, “Intuition and chance are essential to my painting. I drip, smear, brush and pour viscous paint to create abstractions which are visual metaphors for fluidity. Abstraction is a form of meditation on our ever changing perceptions of the natural world.”
Danny Simmons is an abstract-expressionist painter. His works are about capturing human relationship to the spirit. “I do find spiritual inspiration in many of the Cuban artists, including Picasso, and certainly from African-American artist Norman Lewis.” Simmons is the founder and Vice President of the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides disadvantaged urban youth with arts access and education. He is older brother of hip-hop mogul, Russell Simmons and rapper Joseph Simmons (Reverend Run of Run DMC).
Arlington Weithers, originally from Guyana, is a painter, photographer and fine art printer. He received his BFA with Honors in Painting and Photography from CUNY Brooklyn. For a period Weithers was active in Tuskegee, Alabama and in 2009, attended the Tougaloo College Art Colony located at the historically African-American Tougaloo College in Jackson.
The opening reception is Friday, September 24th, 6-8 pm and the show runs to January 2, 2011.